Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2 minutes on Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason

The Ravens just re-signed Derrick Mason to a 2 year contract. Here's a sample of ol' reliable:
-1000 yards in 8 of the 10 last years
-Yet, in 5 of those 8 years he didn't eclipse 1100 yards, and in 2 more he didn't eclipse 1200.
-Not once in his 13 year career did he catch 10 TDs.
-Drafted in the 4th round.

2 minutes by HighTimeForCrime
He's just so...unspectacular. He's nowhere near terrible. He's definitely better than good. For all I know he might be a HOFer. But what is it about him that makes him so boring? A 36-year-old going for over a thousand yards with 7 td's as the #1 receiving option? Just doesn't happen much these days. I'm not certain that he won't play into his 40's.

2 minutes by No, MoneyDown
Now here's an NFL transaction that it is really difficult to get excited about. We're' really looking at a player who personifies the under-appreciated that don't do anything but come in and do their job like they're supposed to. OK, maybe I'm selling Mason a bit short, he was pretty explosive in his prime, but now, frankly I think he's on the right team. The Ravens can muster up a little bit of offense now and then, but they won't do anything to excite you (read: Derrick Mason). The dude must be 37 or something now, right? He seems pretty gutsy, I'm unsure of his HOF credentials but I'd hate to see another deserving guy not get in just because he lacks eye-popping statistics.

2 minutes by DoNoUhOh
Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. This topic made me quote Gone With the Wind.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Nutty Career of Jake Delhomme

2 minutes by No,MoneyDown: Man oh man, now here's a guy who knew how to ride the wave! Let's see, he got the Panthers to the Superbowl (that is to say, he was somewhere between a game-manager and a star QB...granted, probably closer to star QB for that one season, but it was a defensive team) and he has steadily declined ever since. Maybe we didn't recognize how he benefitted from having a freak as his number one target, Mr. Steve Smith. All I know is, he experience a meltdown that left us wondering how this guy was ever good in the first place. He was like Kurt Warner, if Kurt Warner never got a 2nd wind and revived his career in Arizona.

2 minutes on the Panthers cutting Jake Delhomme by HighTimeforCrime
It's about fucking time. This has been an example of where sentimentality toward one player hurts the team overall. I think he had a combined 12 turnovers in the playoff loss to the Cards in '08 and opening day '09. Still, brutal for the Panthers to have to take that $12.5 million hit.

2 minutes on Jake Delhomme getting cut by DoNoUhOh:
Has a quarterback ever gone so far off of one brilliant game? Yes, he was a serviceable starting quarterback for years and that shouldn't be underrated in a league full of loser quarterbacks. But if it weren't for that Rams super bowl, which he lost by the way, would this even be news? The dude has had a largely boring career and his wide receiver was considerably better than he was. Delhomme's greatest contribution to the game was bringing into focus how overrated the "super bowl Quarterback" moniker truly is.

2 Minutes on the trade that send San Diego Chargers Cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets for a measly 3rd round pick.

2 minutes on the Antonio Cromatrie trade by Meast
Cromartie to the Jets will have to make the Jets secondary the most feared in the AFC, maybe even the League. Him and D. Revis will scare the hell out of all opposing quarterbacks (except JC). However, this will make it that much more difficult for cromartie to stay on top of his child support. I think the last time I heard he had like 5 kids in four states, all with different moms. Wear a rubber dude, you have no idea how many STDs are carried around by each NYC girl (I reckon a baker's dozen).

2 minutes on the Antonio Cromartie trade by HighTimeForCrime
I think this is a great move for the Jets, though I hope they're not doing it with the idea that one more man could put them over the top. I suspect the biggest reason for it was because Peyton Manning smoked them in the second half of the AFC Championship game. With the kind of pressure that the Jet's d-line can put on an offense, and the disguised looks Rex Ryan gives on defense, Cromartie could turn out to be a huge asset for the Jets, much as he was the year he got 11 picks, with Merriman and the rest of the Chargers D unloading on qbs.

No, MoneyDown:
One word for this deal: Scary. Scary because Darell Revis is already scary. I watched him all year and he has that ridiculous combination of natural ability, work ethic, and steely nerves. Throw Antonio Cromartie in there and just...wow. Now, apparently Cromartie hasn't been the old Cromartie in the past couple of years. Well remember when Randy Moss got traded to New England and people were saying it wasn't the same old Randy? Yeah, how'd that turn out?? These absurdly gifted players can be fickle creatures, and I think Rex Ryan, Bart Scott and the Jets D are the perfect fit to right the Cromartie ship. Who the hell are you going to throw at in this defense??

So there are some big time football implications here, obviously. Like Mark Sanchize becoming the a super bowl QB. That would be cool, and disturbing, and make Trent Dilfer jealous. But what is really interesting to me is how draft picks and established players are valued. It is amazing to me what a team can get for a couple draft picks. The way football teams value their current players is very interesting to me. Almost everyone is expendable and the value of up and coming is incredibly high. This is probably because anyone, repeat anyone, can fall of the cliff in a single year. Ask Delhomme and LT and by LT I don't mean one of the coolest football players ever, I mean the not cool football player who stole his nickname in an effort to be cooler than he actually was resulting in his losing any potential coolness he gained from the dark visor.